Bear Creek Primitive Baptist
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ELDER J. F. MILLS, Moderator, Marshville, N. C.
J. W. JONES, Clerk, Marshville, N. C.
suant to previous adjournment. Praise and prayer by Elder
C. A. Davis, then the moderator took his seat.
8. Called on committee of arrangements to report. Re-
port read and approved.
9. Called names of messengers and marked absentees.
(Omitted reading Rules of Decorum.)
10. Called on corresponding messengers to sister Asso-
ciations to report. Elder Mills attended Mill Branch and
had a good meeting. Received and distributed correspond-
ing minutes from Mill Branch and Mountain District.
11. Called on correspondents from sister Associations to
report. Elder C. A. Davis, from Salem Association, reported
peace and union,
12. Called for report from Presbyteries. No reports.
13. That we praise God and extend thanks to Union
Grove Church and people of the vicinity for kind enter-
tainment during the meeting.
14. Adjourned to Fall Sesion at Pleasant Grove Church-
first of coming October.
Benediction by the moderator.
While Association was in session, preaching service con-
ducted at the stand by Elders C. A. Davis and B. L. Treece
ELDER J. F. MILLS, Moderator.
J. W. JONES, Clerk,
ri. M. BAUCOM, Assistant Clerk.
MESSENGERS, SPRING SESSION, 1916.
Albemarle— D. B. Howard, W. H. Hinson*, W. Solomon.
Bear Creek— Elder J. E. Williams, Aaron Furr, Daniel Furr*.
Bethany — By letter.
Broom's Grove— Elder H. M. Williams, E. S. Huneycutt, W. E.
Concord — E. S. Clontz, J. F. Burrus.
Clark's Grave— S. B. Tucker, J. L. Helms, Robt. Hatley.
Crooked Creek — W. D. Benton, H. E. Rowelil, L. L. Little.
Freedom — Not represented.
High Hill— D. S. Jones, J. J. Hill, C. T. Mills.
High Ridge— J. B. Medlin, J. P. Rushing, Brice Thomas.
Howard's Chapel — P. A. Howard, R. B. Burrus, J. S. Curlee*.
Jerus-alem— J. W. Godwin, E. W. Helms, T. F. Mills.
Jones' Hill— A. A. Morton, J. F. Greene*, W. H. Howard*.
Liberty— Elder H. Taylor, S. D. Outen, J. B. Whitley*.
Liberty Hill— W. H. Huneycutt*, C. W. Safley*, R. T. Burrus.
Lawyer's Spring — J. V/. Jones, C. B. Edwards, F. P. Saunders.
Meadow Creek — D. M. Hathcock, J. A. Barbee*, J. W. Tucker*.
Mountain Creek — W. R. Morton*, J. C. Miller*, J. E. Russell*.
New Zion— S. M. Underwood*, W. Coley*, W. A. Helms.
Pleasant Hill— B. J. Liles, J. M. Taylor, H. Compton.
Pleasant Grove — S. A. Williams, Eilisiia Mullis, J. L. MuUis.
Philadeilpliia — By letter.
Running Creek— E. M. Hatley, J. D. Eury, W. M. Almond.
Union Grove — T. A. McClelian, F. L. Baucom, J. D. Hill.
Vv^atscn— J. T. Rushing, W. A. Hargett, E. C. Williams.
Wadesboro— W. D. Edwards*, W. A. Dry.
Absentees marked thus, *.
•BEAR CREEK PRIMITIVE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION.
FALL SESSION, 1916.
Pleasant Grove Church, Union County, N. C.
September 30th, 191d.
Assembled around the stand in the grove at 11 o'clock
A. M.. and after praise and prayer the introductory sermon
was preached by Elder Henry Taylor, from text found in
4th and 5th verses of second chapter of Ephesians. Inter-
mission one hour. Then the ministers and messengers pres-
ent convened in the church house. Praise and prayer by
Elder Isaac Jones, after which Elder Mills resumed the
chair and proceeded as follows:
1. Called for the letters from the several churches,
w^hich w^ere handed in as called and read by H. M. Baucom,
2. Re-elected Elder J. F. Mills moderator and J. W.
3. Invited messengers from sister Associations to seats
wdth full privileges of the body.
4. Invited visiting brethren of sister Associations to
seats with us as honorary guests. (Thus seated were Elder
Isaac elones of the White Oak Association and Elder O. J.
Denny, Charlotte, N. C.
5. Apointed the following a committee of arrangements
for business Monday, to-wit: Brothers Aaron Furr, P. A.
Howard, Frank Burrus, with moderator and clerk.
6. Appointed as finance committee, Brothers Eiisha
MuUis and J. E. Rnssell.
7. That Elders C. A. Davis, 0. J. Denny, G. W. Gore
and Isaac Jones preach at the stand Sunday. Services to
commence at 10 A. M.
8. Adjourned to 9:30 A. M., Monday. Benediction by
Saturday evening services conducted at the stand by
Elders Isaac Jones and 0. J. Denny.
SUNDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 1.
Asseml)led around the stand at 10 A. M. Song and
prayer service conducted by Elder Isaac Jones. Then Elder
C. A. Davis preached from these words, "Come see a man
who tells me all things I ever did, is not this the Christ?"
Elder Davis is one of the sheep-feeders and preached most
comfortingly of the Saviour Christ and His love and mercy
to those who put their trust in God through Him. Then
followed Elder 0. J. Denny, who read from 13th to 19th
verses of 16th Chapter of Matthew, and preached a soul-
cheering and most edifying sermon, showing the great sover-
eign work of God and His Christ and the sureness of the work
of grace in the heart of man.
Then followed Elder George W. Gore, who though not
reading a special text, preached u])on salvation by grace,
through Christ Jesus, bestowed upon those loved by the
Father as was Jacob. This was a fine sermon and a good
link in the gospel chain.
Intermission one hour for dinner.
At one o'clock P. M. re-assembled around the stand and
after singing, Elder Isaac Jones preached from the Scrip-
ture found in 5th chapter of Revelations, the sealed book,
and how no man could open or look thereon, and how that
the Lamb of God did prevail to open the book. This sermon
was in power and demonstration of the spirit of God and
most eloquently delivered amidst rejoicing and shouts to
the praise of God for His goodness and mercy.
Then followed Elder T. M. Standly, who preached in the
very same line of salvation through Christ and Him cruci-
fied. He read Gal. 1 :3. Thus closed Lhe services of the dc-y.
MONDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 2.
Convened in the house at 9 :30 A. M. pursuant to ad-
journment. Praise and prayer by Elder J. E. TViiliams,
Then the moderator took his seat and called on arrange-
ment committee to report. Eeport read and adopted.
10. Called roll of messengers, noted absentees, but omit-
ted reading of Rules.
11. Called on corresponding mesengers to sister Asso-
ciations to report. Those appointed failed to attend, but
12. Called on corresponding messengers from sister As-
sociation to report. The following brethren, who had been
seated Saturday, reported peace and union in their respec-
tive Associations, to-wit : From Abbotts Creek, Elder Sam-
uel McMillon ; from Salem, Elder C. A. Davis and Bro. J. T.
Greer; from Silver Creek, Bro. Richmond Moore; from Mill
Branch, Elder G. W. Gore. Pile of minutes from Center and
13. Appointed correspondence with sister Associations
as follows: To Abbotts Creek, Elders H. M. "Williams, J. F.
Mills and minutes ; to Mill Branch, Elders J. F. Mills, W. C.
Edwards, Henry Taylor and minutes ; to Silver Creek, El-
ders Henry Taylor, Robt. Helms, H. M. Williams and min-
utes ; to Center, file of minutes ; to Mountain District, file of
minutes ; to Salem, Elder J. F. Mills and file of minutes.
14. Called for reports of Presbyteries. Elder H. M.
Williams reported that on Saturday before third Sunday in
September, 1916, himself and Elder J. E. Williams formed a
presbytery at Jones' Hill and ordained Brother Adam Mor-
ton a deacon. Brother D. S. Jones reported that himself,
Elder W. C. Edwards and Deacon Rowell formed a presby-
tery on Saturday before first Sunday in September, 1916,
at High Hill and ordained Brother William Clontz a deacon.
Elder Mills reported that himself and Elder W. C. Edwards
formed a presbytery on Friday before third Sunday in Au-
gust at High Ridge and ordained Brethren L. E. Thomas and
J. P. Rushing deacons. Elder Robert Helms reported that
himself and Elders T. M. Standly and H. M. Williams form-
ed a presbytery on Saturday before second Sunday in Sep-
tember, 1916, at New Zion and ordained Brother W". A.
Helms a deacon.
15. That the next Suring Session of this Association con-
vene with the church at Liberty Hill, Stanly County, N. C,
commencing on Saturday before first Sunday in May, 1917.
and that Elder J. F. Mills is appointed to preach the intro-
ductory sermon at 11 o'clock A. M., Elder B. L. Treece his
alternate, and that the Annual Fall Session be held with the
church at Jerusalem, Anson County, N. C, commencing on
ARTICLES OF FAITH.
Article 1. We believe in one only living and true God,
the Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost.
Art. 2. We believe in the man Jesus being the first of all
God's creation and the pattern of all God's perfection in
nature, providence, grace and glory, and in relative union
with the divine word, and thus united with the whole Trin-
Art. 3. We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and
New Testoments contain the only written revealed word of
God, and are the only perfect rule of faith and practice for
God's church in her militant state while here on earth.
Art. 4. We believe in the doctrine of Election, that God
chose his church in Christ Jesus before the world began.
Art. 5. We believe in all mankind's apostacy by trans-
gression in Adam, their federal head.
Art. 6. We believe in the doctrine of Original Sin.
Art. 7. We believe in the impotency of man to recover
himself from his fallen state by his own free will and ability.
Art. 8. We believe that sinners are justified freely by
grace and before God by faith in Christ and his right-
Art. 9. We believe that God's elect or church shall be
called, converted, regenerated and sanctified by the Holy
Spirit in due time.
Art. 10. We believe that the saints shall persevere in
graxie and never finally fall away.
• Art. 11. We believe that baptism and the Lord's Supper
are ordinances of Christ's appointment and that believers
alone are the subjects of baptism and the only proper com-
municants of the supper; that the mode of baptism is im-
mersion, and that neither of the ordinances is to be altered
or changed by the inventions or opinions of men.
Art. 12. We believe that no man as a minister has any
right to the administration of any of the ordinances of the
gospel except such as are sound in the faith of the gospel,
regularly baptised, called of God and have come under the
imposition of hands by a regular Presbytery.
Art. 13, We believe in the resurrection of the dead, both
the just and the unjust, and a general judgment.
Art. 14. We believe that the punishment of the wicked
will be everlasting and the joys of the righteous eternal.
RULES OF DECORUM.
1st. A Moderator, of Chief Speaker, and Clerk may be
chosen by the suffrages of the members present.
2. The Chief Speaker, or Moderator, shall take his seat
at the hour to which the Association shall be adjourned, and
after prayer shall proceed to business. It shall be his duty
to keep order, and shall be entitled to the same privilege of
speech as that of another member ; provided he appoint one
of the members to fill the chair during the exercise of such
privilege, and in no case shall give a vote unless the Asso-
ciation be equally divided.
3rd. Only one member shall be allowed to speak at a
time, who shall rise from his seat and address the Chief
Speaker by the appellation of brother, and while speaking
shall confine himself strictly to the subject in question, and
shall not be interrupted undess he digress from the subject,
and shall in no wise reflect on any other speaker, so as to
make remarks on his slips and failings and inperfections,.
but shall fairly give his own views of the case without
sophistry or criticism.
4th. No person shall speak more than three times on one
subject without leave of the Association.
5th. No person shall absent himself from the Association
6th. No member of the Association shall address any
other member by any other term or name than that of
7th. The Chief Speaker, or Moderator, shall not interrupt
one member to prohibit him from speaking until his speech
is finished, except he break the rules of Decorum.
8th. The names of all the members of this Association
shall be enrolled by the clerk, and be called over as often as
the Association may require.
Any member who shall willingly and knowingly break
or violate any of the foregoing rules of this Association,
shall be reproved by the Association in any way they may
Form of Government (or Constitution) of the Bear Creok
Primitive Baptist Association.
Which was adopted in the date of A. D. 1832, and has been
in vogue ever since.
1st. The Association shall be composed of members duly
chosen by the different churches in our union and sent to
represent them in the Association, who producing letters
from their respective churches certifying their appoint-
ments, shall ])e entitled to a seat.
2nd. In the letters from the different churches shall be
expressed their members in full fellowship, those baptized,
received hy letter, excommunicated, restored and dead since
the Jast Association.
3rd. The members thus chosen and convened shall be de-
ncminated the Bear Creek Association, who shall have no
pov\^er to lord it over God's heritage, nor have any eccle-
siastical power to infringe on the internal rights of the
church, nevertheless in some cases, it becomes necessary to
have some uniform rule for proceeding, viz : when an offense
Rjay be committed by one church against another, we advise
the church so offended to labor with the offender for satis-
faction, and if she fail of success, she may call in the aid of
tw^o or more churches in the union to assist in the labors,
and, if finally, satisfaction in the opinion of the helps cannot
be obtained, then the aggrieved church may bring the case
before the Association, whose duty it shall be to act on it ;
and also, when any serious difference may arise, in any in-
dividual church, which they all, after due labor had, cannot
reconcile, we advise the church then to call in the aid of
ore churches in the Union to assist in the w^ork ; and, if no
satisfaction can be had, it may be brought before the Asso-
ciation, who shall act on it, and further to illustrate the
mode of proceeding in the above cases, reference shall be
had to the 18th chapter of the gospel of Matthew and other
scriptures, which respect discipline for the bringing to trial,
and determining on the case of an individual member of an
individual church, and the Association will take cognizance
of no case of the kind unless the above proceeding be had
4th. The Association when convened shall be goverend
by a regular pnd proper Decorum, which they are author-
ized to form for themselves.
5th. The AssQciation shall appoint a Chief Speaker or
Moderator from amog themselves for the time being, whose
duty it shall be to see that the Rules of Decorum shall be
attended to, to take the opinion of the Association on all
questions properly brought before them; and a Clerk shall
be appointed by the Association, whose duty it shall be to
take a correct minute of the proceedings of the Association,
keep a regular file of the minutes, who shall be at liberty to
choose his assistant.
6th. New churches may be aditted into this union, who
shall petition by letter and delegate or delegates on exam-
ination, if found orthodox and orderly may be received and
may be manifested by the Chief Speaker or Moderator giv-
ing the right hand of fellowship to the delegate or delegates.
fj. Every church or delegate shall be entitled to repre^
sentation in the Association, but shall not have more than
three members from a church.
. 8th. Any query presented to the Association by any
church in the union shall be read, on which the sense of the
Association shall be taken, whether it be considered, and if
there be a majority for taking it into consideration it shall
be examined, otherwise it shall be withdrawn, nevertheless
no query except such as relate to the general union, shall
be received from any church which has not been deliber-
ately considered in the church in which it originated and
which they cannot get satisfaction.
9th. Every motion made in order and seconded, shall
come under the consideration of the Association unless it be
withdrawn by the person who made it together with his'
10th. The Association shall endeavor to furnish the
churches with minutes of their proceedings, and in order to
enable them to do it the most convenient manner, it is rec-
ommended' that the churches should contribute such sums of
money as they think proper and send by their messengers,
which, when received, shall be put into the hands of the
Treasurer appointed for that purpose, and shall be distri-
buted as the Association may direct for the benefit of the
11th. Presbyteries for the purpose of constituting
churches or acting in conjunction with the churches, in or-